After years and years of trying to convince people that your website needs a major overhaul, the company has finally given the green light on a website redesign project. Congratulations! But buyer beware: there are a plethora of elements to consider when embarking on this lengthy adventure. Here are some of the things you should look to avoid during this process, explained in GIFs.
What's new, what's next, what's best, and how it all fits in to a successful digital marketing strategy… Get inside our head with these helpful resources—from blog posts to best practices guides—written by our team of experts.
Marketers have a big job trying to keep up with the ever-changing, ever-growing landscape of trends, technologies, tools, and platforms. They are continually challenged to deliver more with less and faster so identifying which marketing strategies will have the biggest impact on their business in the coming year is a must in order to create digital marketing plans that deliver.
With that in mind, here are five trends (some you’ve definitely heard of before and some you’ll need to get familiar with quickly) you need to know about going into 2016:
While a capital campaign can take a college or university years to plan, the website supporting the campaign is often rushed out the door at the last minute. The website serves as the digital face for the capital campaign, so it’s important to make sure you have plenty of time to get it right. As you’re thinking about launching a capital campaign, here are 5 questions to ask your team.
Higher education marketers know that conferences are a fantastic way to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to keeping up with the rapidly changing higher ed landscape. These gatherings of marketers, content strategists, communication professionals, and admissions officers are invaluable for learning what other schools are doing, how they did it, and what they're aiming to do next.
To understand how Drupal and WordPress compare, you first have to understand a little about open source. Open source software is software developed by and for the user community, often allowing for a more robust set of features than can be found in commercial products which are limited by a smaller number of contributors.
Congratulations to Stony Brook University on the launch of their new capital campaign website!
Wishing everyone happy holidays and a prosperous 2016!
In the past ten years, the importance of interactivity and UX has grown exponentially in the technological space. With this greater importance, there is a wide variety of individuals looking to collaborate and advance their crafts into better experiences and products for everyone. A few times per year, there are unique events that pool together some of these great minds. While there are many UX events out there, here are some of the notable ones that we think everybody should consider attending.
When you’re thinking about your content strategy, there are several resources available to help you think through the process — books, articles, templates, frameworks, best practices, definitions, and more. But some of the most helpful resources are literally just a click away.
Congratulations to the College of the Holy Cross on winning Gold in the 2015 Education Digital Marketing Awards for their new website!
Once a year. Before board meetings. Sometime in the summer.
Let’s face it, reporting just doesn’t happen that often. It’s hard to know which data to collect. It’s all tied up in different systems. And, the process of pulling it all together is manual.
But, as college and university marketing departments mature, they face an increasing need to use data to back up decisions and demonstrate their impact. And, once a year will not do. This data needs to be made available on a more frequent basis.
Despite being around for some time, website personalization is only now getting big attention from digital marketers. Fueled by a shift toward customer-centric marketing and the need to provide a more personalized user experience with which site visitors can connect, the number of websites using real-time personalization is poised to grow massively in 2016.
Check out our infographic on real-time website personalization to find out what it is, why it’s hot, why you should ride the wave, and how you can get started.
Congratulations to Gwynedd Mercy University on the launch of their new website!
As we’ve said before, a higher ed website redesign is a big undertaking and getting to launch day is definitely a reason for excitement and celebration. We’re so glad to have been able to join our friends at Gwynedd Mercy University for their recent site launch party, and moreover, to have been a part of the journey.
In general terms, metadata is basic information that describes other types of data. Even though it’s significance in the search engine optimization space has changed over the years, metadata still proves to be useful as a way of learning more about a particular webpage, image, or other piece of content. When it comes to files, some of the common metadata categories are author, file size, date created, and date modified. Here, we’ll briefly describe the four main website meta tags and their impact on search engine rankings.
Generation Y and Z are seen as multi-tasking, Internet-savvy individuals, but it's hard to grab their attention. Growing up with advertisement bombardment and given an unfathomable amount of information at the edge of their fingertips, it is sometimes difficult to get past their filters. The Higher Education recruitment process is not much different than the advertising space, as a large number of schools compete to get the attention and future enrollment of high schoolers.
Through a popular diagram breaking down the components of content strategy, we understand that just half are related to content. The other half are related to people—the processes and workflows that govern how organizations execute a content strategy.
When it comes to college and university website redesigns, mobile tops the priority list. It’s really no surprise - the number of visits to websites from mobile devices has seen steady growth in the past few years, making it an absolute necessity to provide a great user experience for site visitors from every device. If you’re wondering how device usage on your site stacks up against other colleges and universities, you’ll love the latest benchmarks (January to November 2015) we’ve put together.
Prospective students in the early stages of the student journey tend to get a lot of attention from higher education digital marketers, and rightfully so. The research and decision-making stages are a critical time for colleges and universities to make their best impression with prospective students. And if everything goes right, one day those prospective students will turn into alumni.
When people talk about web design, we often hear general keywords like user experience, functionality, and the user interface design experience. Designers and developers strive to enhance these aspects of their websites, but most of the time we don’t hear of specific ways of how to accomplish this. Today we’re going to change that by discussing what UI animation is, where it is implemented, and the effects it has on websites.